Animal Products: A Complex Health, Environmental, Cultural and Moral Choice
There is much debate as to the potential benefits, harms and recommended quantities of animal-based products to consume, and where they should come from. Included in this arena are land-based meat and dairy products, as well as seafood. These debates cross into many complex themes, including diabetes prevention and management, and environmental and socioeconomic sustainability.
We at DDF aim to provide objective and research-based content that gives people the knowledge and power to make conscious and informed decisions in regards to their health, the health of their loved ones, the health of the planet, and the overall well-being of cultures and ecosystems around the globe.
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Resources and Further Reading
A recent study stressing the benefits of a plant-based diet: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002039
Putting into perspective the enormous environmental impact of global meat consumption and production: http://science.time.com/2013/12/16/the-triple-whopper-environmental-impact-of-global-meat-production/
A recent study suggests that the method of preparation of red meat influences type 2 diabetes risk: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/40/8/1041.long
An interesting study showing ancient hominids progression from a plant-based diet to seeds and then animal tissues and fats. The study shows through analysis of faecal matter that anatomically modern humans have been eating meat for many thousands of years: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465628/
This study suggests that early humans were eating meat millions of years ago: https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/evidence-for-meat-eating-by-early-humans-103874273
A good introduction to protein, both Animal and Plant, out of Harvard University: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/
The ketogenic diet, which has meat consumption as a fundamental component, is all the rage in the United States: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/diet-reviews/ketogenic-diet/
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